Sara Martin

Decades: 1980s 1990s 2000s


18 June 1884, Louisville, Kentucky, USA, d. 24 May 1955, Louisville, Kentucky, USA. A melodious but rather inflexible singer, Martin appears nevertheless to have been a popular success, recording over 120 tracks for OKeh Records between 1923 and 1928. These include the first recorded blues with guitar accompaniment (by Sylvester Weaver), and the first with a jug band (that of Clifford Hayes, billed as ‘Sara Martin’s Jug Band’). Although Chicago-based, Martin maintained close connections with Louisville, from where Hayes and Weaver also originated. She worked in vaudeville from 1915-31, thereafter devoting herself to the church and to running a nursing home in Louisville from the 40s until her death.

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